According to the latest news, more than 4 gas stations have closed in the province of San José. Due to the fact, that they are out of fuel. So the trade union is beginning to have an impact. Even in the morning, petrol station operators in the provinces of Guanacaste on the Pacific coast and Limón on the Atlantic coast declared that they only had diesel left.
Afraid of a secret trade with fuel
Large waiting lines are formed in front of gas stations. The drivers want to refuel again, before there is no gasoline left. A lot of service station operators expressed concern about the current situation. In order to avoid a secret trade with overpriced gas and diesel, it is forbidden to fill fuel in canisters since this morning.
4 times slower than before
The reason for this shortage is the slowed down transport route of the tank trucks. Instead of the regular 6 hours for loading and transporting, it now takes 24 hours. The aim of the strike is to draw attention to the bas working conditions of the forwarders.
The Hotel Paraíso del Cocodrilo is an excellent starting point to take cool tours that are nearby. That means, many attractions, little stress, a lot of rest.
The journey starts
Dogs packed in the back of our Pickup. Here we go! The drive through the Costa Rican jungle starts.
We head north with our jeep and follow the holey roads. On the left we can see the Pacific Ocean, which is visible a few meters off the road between the trees. The sun is shining and good mood is spreading.
The anticipation of an adventurous day rises as we drive the little way through Guiones towards the beach. You can smell the sea air and when we get out of the car, our hair is blown out of your face by a light breeze. We let the dogs down from the pickup and walk down to the beach.
Barefoot strolling to the water we are overtaken by Jako and Beni, the two Labradors. They lie down in the sea and romp.
The sun is burning in the cloudless sky and the sea water is the only cooling we can get. The fantastic view leaves many speechless faces. Surf schools show their students how to stand on the board for the first time. The waves here are not very strong, ideal for beginners.
In the distance we see the abandoned hotel. Whereupon we set off in his direction. The walk of about twenty minutes on the beach seems shorter than expected. The paradisiacal environment is very distracting.
We leave the beach and take a small path which leads us past the empty hotel. The hotel area is large and modern designed. It is hidden behind the trees. I wonder why such a beautiful building is empty and what it would be like to get a look into the abandoned hotel …
The path leads us directly to the beach Pelada. We see kids playing in the water, locals picnicking and fishermen getting their boats ready. The beach is beautiful and almost deserted.
When my stomach began to growl, the restaurant La Luna appeared behind some palm trees just in time. Hungry we sat down on a sofa in the idyllic garden of the restaurant and enjoyed the breathtaking view. We ordered one of the organic „platos“ and quenched our appetite.
After it began to drizzle for a few minutes, we made our way back to Guiones.
Small village in the middle of the jungle
Arrived in the village of Guiones, we visit a few small shops. The village is quite small, but very modern, we didn’t expect to find it in the middle of the tropics. In addition to the many souvenir shops you will also find a clothes shop, which was built outdoors. Unfortunately, the prices are not as cheap as expected. I have to put back my dress that I tried on. Way too expensive.
Further up in the village we visit an organic shop where we have more luck. The paradise for anyone who likes healthy, organic food. I see the freshly made empanadas, cookies and brownies and my mouth’s watering.
Excursion en total
Unfortunately, the day is drawing to a close and we are heading home. Guiones, Galardonada beach and Pelada beach are worth the trip. Very close to Samara and still almost no tourists. A deserted beach and a meal in the beautiful restaurant with sea views.
We will remember many moments and impressions from this cool trip and look forward to the next tour.